Education and Me

  • The Butler Act

    The Butler Act
    The Act established a nationwide system of free, compulsory schooling from age 5 to 15 (Gillard 2007).
    Side effect was the tripartite system; Grammar schools for the most abled, modern schools for the less abled, and technical modern schools for those with specific technical or scientific aptitude.
  • Labour Elected

    Labour Elected
    Shock landslide victory for Clement Atlee against Tory party led by Churchill.
  • Conservatives elected

    Conservatives elected
    Tories led by Churchill defeat Atlee's Labour.
  • Birth of GCE, O and A level

    Birth of GCE, O and A level
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) O-levels and A-levels are introduced, replacing the School Certificate and the Higher School Certificate. Source:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/3499119.stm
  • Labour adopt Comprehensive principles

    Labour adopt Comprehensive principles
    Labour adopts a policy of comprehensive schooling.
  • Conservatives Re-elected

    Conservatives Re-elected
    Referred to as the 'dull election' as nothing of note was happening in the country at the time
  • Conservatives re-elected 3rd time

    Conservatives re-elected 3rd time
    The Conservatives, now led by Macmillan increased their majority over Labour, led by Gaitskell, to over 100 seats.
  • Certificate for Secondary Education exams introduced

    Certificate for Secondary Education exams introduced
    The Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE) is introduced for secondary modern pupils, to cater for those not sitting O-levels. Source:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/3499119.stm
  • LEAs to provide grants for HE

    LEAs to provide grants for HE
    Students going into Higher education are to be given grants to cover the cost of tuition fees and living costs.
  • Robbins Report Higher Education

    Robbins Report Higher Education
    The report rejected the prevailing notion that there was a limited pool of ability in the population, and recommended the expansion of higher education to cater for up to 17 per cent of young people (Tomlinson 2005, p. 19).
  • Labour elected

    Labour elected
    Harold Wilson's newly-elected Labour government promises to set up comprehensive schools, combining pupils of all ability levels. Source:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/3499119.stm
  • Circular 10/65 Comprehensive or bust

    Circular 10/65 Comprehensive or bust
    Circular 10/65 requested LEAs to reorganise their schools on Labour's comprehensive principles.
  • Labour elected

    Labour elected
    Labour increase their small majority from 4 to 96!
  • Conservatives elected

    Conservatives elected
    A surprise win for the Ted Heath and the Conservatives in the general election.
  • Circular 10/70 issued

    Circular 10/70 issued
    10/65 withdrawn; LEAs no longer expected to go comprehensive.
  • School leaving age raised to 16

    School leaving age raised to 16
    Leaving age raised from 15 to 16, as recommended in 1944 Act.
  • Labour elected

    Labour elected
    Harold Wilson returns to office with a marginal victory over Ted Heath. Later that year, the centre for policy studies set up by Keith Joseph and Margaret Thatcher.
  • Sex descrimination Act

    Sex descrimination Act
    The Sex Discrimination Act outlaws discrimination based on gender.
  • Auld Report on William Tyndale School Affair

    Auld Report on William Tyndale School Affair
  • Labour Government's education Bill

    Labour Government's education Bill
    The Labour Education Bill suggests admission by parental choice and parents and teachers on governing body.
  • Conservatives Elected, First Woman Prime Minister

    Conservatives Elected, First Woman Prime Minister
    Conservatives win the election. Margaret Thatcher becomes Britain's first woman Prime Minister and the Labour Education Bill Falls.
  • My Birth

    My Birth
    I was born in Marston Green Hospital in Solihull.
  • Education Act 1980

    Education Act 1980
    Parents are given freedom to choose a preferred school.
    Schools to form a board of governors consisting of 2 parents and at least 1 teacher.
    Milk taken away.
  • Conservatives Re-elected

    Conservatives Re-elected
    Conservatives re-elected.
  • Reception

    Reception
    In September 1983 I started at St. Bernadette's Primary School.
  • Education Act 1986

    Education Act 1986
    The Education Act of 1986 awarded school governors responsibility for the conduct of the school, any funding delegated by the LEA, staff appointments and the curriculum.
  • GCSEs born

    GCSEs born
    General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) replaced O levels and CSE qualifications.
  • Conservatives elected for 3rd time

    Conservatives elected for 3rd time
    Maggie Thatcher stays on for a 3rd term.
  • 1988 Education Act

    1988 Education Act
    National Curriculum Council (NCC) and School Examinations and Assessment Council (SEAC) set up. National Curriculum dictates the range and content of subjects to be taught for children up to the age of 16.
  • Year 7

    Year 7
    Enrolled at Archbishop Ilsley Catholic Secondary School in Acocks Green.
  • Education (Student Loans) Act

    Education (Student Loans) Act
    Student Loans were introduced.
  • Conservatives Again!

    Conservatives Again!
    John Major defeats Neil Kinnock and the Labour party. "It's the Sun wot wun it".
  • Ofsted born

    Ofsted born
    Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) set up and league tables of GCSE results first published in newspapers.
  • SATs Boycott

    SATs Boycott
    Didn't have to sit SATs exams due to teacher boycott.
  • Education Act 1993

    Education Act 1993
    The largest Education Act ever! Its major purpose was to put in place the key objective of the 1992 White Paper and increase the number of GM schools (Tomlinson 2005, p. 59).
  • Sat my GCSEs

    Sat my GCSEs
    Took my GCSEs.
  • A levels

    A levels
    Sat my A-levels. Was severly under prepared!
  • University

    University
    Somehow managed to get into University. 4 fantastic years followed.
  • New Labour win the election

    New Labour win the election
    New Labour sweep to landslide victory over John Major's Conservative party.
  • Education Act 1997

    Education Act 1997
    New Labour oversee the new Education Act. Higher Education tuition fees now apply, and it's bye bye student grant.
  • Graduation

    Graduation
    My time in education comes to an end.
  • PGCE

    PGCE
    Return to Education and the PGCE in ICT!